Justice League #4 Review - by Robbie Rowe
Rating: 5 of 5
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
I really, really like blockbuster movies. They have a way of thrilling me, exciting me and bringing me far, far away to a place I could only dream of. Justice League mastermind Scott Snyder delivers a lot of that every issue and has kept that up with the latest instalment.
This issue, the team’s torn in many different directions – Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are in an underwater compendium of secret artefacts, dealing with Gorilla Grodd, the Still Force and a cavalcade of nightmares. Green Lantern (Jon Stewart) and Cyborg are flying above the Earth, dealing with Sinestro and the threat of the Ultraviolet Spectrum infecting humanity.
Far beyond the reaches of space, Superman and Martian Manhunter face the oncoming Totality, the Guardians inside it... and two threats they don’t even know about... Every issue, the dangers only get worse; between Lex Luthor’s Legion of Doom (Joker, Lex, Gorilla Grodd, Cheetah, Sinestro, Black Manta), the Totality itself and the combined, intangible forces of the universe.
This also delves into J’Onn J’Onnz’ past, specifically the past few years while he was away, which opens up a lot of story opportunities. The green Martians’ past isn’t the only one covered, as we get to find out a great deal more about Flash villain Gorilla Grodd. His back-story reminds me, to some degree, of Detective Chimp’s from Dark Knights: The Wild Hunt a few months ago, both of which evoke a lot of empathy and sympathy in me.
Continuing the high quality, expressiveness and really out there artwork of the previous issues is jolly Jorge Jimenez, who does a FANTASTIC job here for sure and I hope he continues on Justice League for many, many issues to come. I can hardly wait to see what he and super Scott Snyder cook up with the Totality, hopefully next issue.
Scott and Jorge have been doing a new kind of justice for the World’s Greatest Heroes – and I can hardly wait to see them continue this for years to come :)